5/29 Cubs 9, White Sox 3

In the sixth inning, Dioner Navarro’s bat went flying into the stands behind the Cubs dugout as he swung at a pitch. Usually players just grab another bat but Navarro wanted that one back, and for good reason. Navarro notched his first career multi-homer game Wednesday, hitting three and driving in six runs in the Cubs’ 9-3 Interleague victory over their intracity rivals, the White Sox. And he used the same bat for each home run.

“He did his best little [Lionel] Messi impression today with the hat trick,” Anthony Rizzo said of Navarro, who is a huge soccer fan and wears a Messi shirt every day before games.

Navarro hit a solo homer in the second, a two-run shot in the fourth, and a three-run blast in the seventh. He set a career-high with six RBIs, and is the first Cubs player to record a three-homer game since Aramis Ramirez did so July 20, 2010, against the Astros. You have to go back to April 17, 1974, for the last time a Cubs catcher hit three in a game. That was George Mitterwald’s big game against the Pirates.

All the offense won’t get Navarro more playing time, though.

“[Welington] Castillo’s our starting catcher,” Dale Sveum said. “Let’s not get carried away with a guy having a great game. … It’s just nice to have a backup catcher doing the things he does and handling the pitchers he handles.”

Navarro’s first two blasts came from the right side of the plate; his third was as a left-handed hitter, and he’s the first to homer from both sides of the plate since the Cubs’ Mark Bellhorn did so Aug. 29, 2002, at Milwaukee. And all with the same bat.

“I’m a really superstitious guy, and I had a good feeling for that bat,” Navarro said.

He had never hit three home runs in a single game.

“I hit two one time in Little League,” he said. “That was about it.”

He’ll be back on the bench on Thursday but using the same bat in BP. What if it breaks?

“I’m going to cry,” he said.

— Carrie Muskat


I don`t get why Burnett`s era is north of 11.5? Did not today`s game represent his first appearance in a Cubs` uniform and was he not playing in the minors prior to the deal we made for his services? What am I missing here?

bring back George mitterwald

Johnny Yuma, how the hell are you? Your name brings back a flood of memories, dude. Nick Adams, who played Johnny Yuma in the tv series came from Nantiicoke, Pa., just next door to where I`m domiciled. As for George Mitterwald, we recall him vividly, as I was a Minnesota Twins fan back in the day and he toiled for them as well as the Cubs. You say bring him back, and I will support that if you wish. I have been saying for years we should bring back Henry Cotto, but no one takes me seriously. Cotto was a superb defensive player and can`t be that old. Don`t know about George. I`m thinking he`s got to be long in the tooth, as I have not been a Twins fan since the sixties when their skinflint owner, Clark Griffith, drove me off with his horseblip practices.

“Let’s not get carried away with a guy having a great game.” Well, he never has to say that about Edwin Jackson, does he?

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